Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump should be paused if Rod Rosenstein exits his post as deputy attorney general, Jay Sekulow said Monday on his radio show.
"It clearly becomes necessary and appropriate . . . that there be a step back taken here, and a review – and I think it's a review that has to be thorough and complete" if Rosenstein is dismissed, Sekulow, Trump's personal attorney, said following reports Rosenstein might depart his position at the Justice Department.
Rosenstein is overseeing the investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He and Trump spoke Monday and will meet Thursday at the White House following reports he questioned Trump's fitness for office and talked of taking action.
It was widely reported early Monday that Rosenstein had submitted his resignation orally ahead of being fired. His visit to the White House on Monday morning fueled speculation that action on his fate was imminent. But the aides later told CBS News he was there for a routine meeting in his official capacity.
Any termination or resignation would have immediate implications on Mueller's probe, as Rosenstein appointed Mueller and oversees his investigation. Trump has called the investigation a witch hunt.
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